All over the world in developed countries are adopted strategies and rules regarding reducing air pollution. One of the directions in these approaches is to reduce the air pollution by reducing the gas emission from cars use, especially into the cities.
Recently a scandal started in the auto industry. This scandal has as target one of the largest auto vehicles producers, naming here Volkswagen or shortly VW. The scandal was published on 18th of September 2015 in the media all over the world and it started in the United States. On that day, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has noticed that VW has violated the Clean Air Act.
The subject of this infringement was the turbocharged direct injection diesel engines of VW cars. The agency that is dealing with environmental protection in the United States had discovered that VW Group had used a control device for emissions, but only during the tests of their cars into the laboratory. This device that was supposed to control cars emissions during the tests should satisfy the U.S. standards regarding cars emission. But the United States Environmental Protection Agency found that in fact VW cars’ emissions were 40 times higher than the U.S. standards. It was discovered that more than 1 million of cars that were produced by the VW Group had installed this device. In the United States, there were also more than 500,000 cars using such a device to control the emissions.
Volkswagen Group reply
In such a huge scandal, the reply of those that are representing the VW Group had come quite quickly. In August 2015, before the scandal to start, were the first attempts to admit that there were several inconsistencies in emissions regulatory. At the beginning they were trying to put the responsibility to the technological devices, but at the end they had to admit their mistake. VW Group had started many internal investigations in order to find those that were guilty for this scandal.
Volkswagen Group started to transmit wave of ads into the media, trying to reduce as much as possible the negative effects of the scandal. They were very active in the media, announcing the number of cars that were involved in this scandal and the costs that were generated to solve the software problems. Volkswagen Group started to recall a huge number of cars into their factories, in order to be repaired.
Volkswagen scandal consequences
The first consequences were on the car market, where VW started to lose terrain in front of other large auto producers. Besides of that, VW Group had to spend more than 7 billion dollars just to solve the software on those cars that were the subject of the scandal. On the other hand, VW Group had to face many legal actions started by individual persons or even by states such as Belgium, Australia or the United States. The emission control scandal costs VW Group more than 17 billion U.S. dollars.
On long term, the VW scandal will affect the income and cars selling for this large producer of auto vehicles. There were also implications in environmental pollution or possible health consequences. And maybe VW scandal has not released its last episode.